This year, the family reunion will be on September 19-20, 2014. The location will be at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. Old Sturbridge Village is conveniently located between Hartford, CT, Providence, RI and Boston, MA.
The September reunion will be an adventure into the past as we are going to be at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, an early 19th century living history museum. Before and after the annual reunion, the past will literally be right outside the door, including over 40 buildings, daily performances, a stagecoach to ride around the common, a riverboat ride, and costumed characters that will interact with you. There are also animals to communicate with, woodland trails and many activities for children from all ages from Kidstory for the young and crafts for the older ones. In one building, you can try on clothes, open drawers and lie on beds. The entire village is truly amazing. You might want to see how your relatives lived in the 1830s, and if you know what they did for a living, you can better imagine their lives.
This reunion is for the whole family and we're really happy to be hosting it at Old Sturbridge Village. We'll be offering discounted tickets for a 3-day pass to the park, so you can take your time and enjoy the whole experience. Daphne Stevens will kick off the even with 30 minute overview and narrative of the park on Friday afternoon. There will be time to enjoy the park on Friday & Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.
OSV has block out a limited number of rooms for us (actual is 20). They will give anyone attending the Edmund Rice Association Reunion a reduced rate of $ 129 per night in the Inn known as the Oliver Wright House circa 1789 each room featuring Queen-sized cherry four-poster canopy beds or one can stay in the more modern Reeder Lodges with 2 double beds or single king bed for $ 99 per night. The room rates for Inn and Lodges includes a continental breakfast . Rooms at OSV are available for Thursday and Friday night only. Again, rooms are limited so book your stay early. To book a room at OSV call the following number (508-347-5056); mention you are a part of the Edmund Rice Association to get the reduced rate. If one prefers or if the OSV facilities are full then one can try the following web site for other hotels in the area. Click on "Where to Stay" at http://www.sturbridgetownships.com/
We think this is going to be a popular reunion, so please book early to ensure that you get a room at OSV and we look forward to a fun and informative reunion.
Registration will be available later in the summer. Check the summer newsletter for more information.
Friday, September 19, 2014
1p Meet outside of the visitor center for park overview with ERA Board Member and long time OSV historical interpreter, Daphne Stevens.
1p - 5p Spend time walking around and enjoying the village
5p Social hour prior to dinner, OSV banquet room
6p Opening night dinner
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9a - 9:30a Coffee, socializing, ERA databases available, ERA books available and member's shared Rice memorabilia on display
9:30a - 10a Opening remarks - John Chandler
10a - 12n ERA speakers and presentations
12n Family Picture
12n - 1p Lunch
1 - 2p Keynote - Ruth Watterson, will speak on Quakerism in Colonial New England
2 - 3p Family Meeting
3p Spend time in the village (on your own)
Click Here to see the Summer Newsletter and sign up information!